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The Man Jesus Loved
Homosexuality has been at the forefront of debate in the church for the last quarter century, with biblical interpretation at its heart. In the Man Jesus Loved, Jennings proposes a gay affirmative reading of the Bible in the hope of respecting the integrity of these texts and making them more clear as well as more persuasive. This reading suggests that the exclusion of per ...more
Paperback, 258 pages
Published June 24th 2009 by Pilgrim Press
(first published May 2003)
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Jennings seeks to re-read the New Testament with an unbiased eye to uncover Jesus’ and the early church’s attitude towards erotic same-sex relationships. He divides his work into three sections, the first being by far the strongest. The first has to do with the Gospel of John’s “Beloved Disciple,” who Jennings argues was in an erotic relationship with Jesus. The second section gathers the evidence from the rest of the New Testament for its opinions on same-sex relationships. The third looks at t ...more
While the first part of the book does devote itself to speculation on the identity of the 'man Jesus loved' in the Gospel of John, and to the nature of their relationship, the rest of the book is also a study of the attitudes revealed in the gospels and other New Testament texts toward sexuality that deviates from the presumed norm of heterosexual marriage and family life. The author suggests that the traditional assignment of 'the man Jesus loved' as the apostle John is incorrect, and that Andr ...more